Supreme Court Decision Leads College To Suspend All Student Groups

( Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a court petition, Yeshiva University will temporarily suspend all of its undergraduate clubs in its latest effort to avoid recognizing an LGBTQ campus organization.

The university announced that it would “hold off on all undergraduate club activities while it promptly takes steps to follow the roadmap established by the U.S. Supreme Court to defend YU’s religious freedom” in an email to students sent late on Friday.

The action was taken two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the school must abide by a lower court’s decision to recognize the LGBTQ community while it exhausts its state-level appeal.

A peer support group for LGBTQ students has been fighting for recognition for years, according to the Orthodox Jewish university, which has numerous campuses in New York City. The university claims that doing so would violate its right to exercise its religion. Members of the YU Pride Alliance claim that by outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation, the university violates the city’s human rights statute.

Katherine Rosenfeld, an attorney for the group of students, claimed in a statement provided to Gothamist that the college had adopted the strategies of racist institutions that defied segregation mandates.

The choice, according to Rosenfeld, is a flashback to 50 years ago when Jackson, Mississippi, closed all public swimming pools rather than comply with court orders to desegregate.

She said that the YU administration wants to split the student body and turn students against their LGBT peers by shutting down all club activities. We are convinced that YU students will recognize this dishonest strategy and unite as a community.
Requests for additional information regarding the policy made to the university were not answered.

Conservative organizations closely monitor the conflict because it has become a significant test of religious freedom under the conservative Supreme Court.

The university appealed to the Supreme Court for help after a state judge sided with the students in June.

Despite the court denying the university’s request for urgent relief, the ruling is generally regarded as a formality. The majority, made up of the conservative justices Brett Kavanaugh and John Roberts, emphasized that if the state’s appeals campaign is unsuccessful, the court would probably take up the matter.

Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett joined Justice Samuel Alito in dissenting, saying that New York’s “mandated reading of scripture is a disturbing step that screams out for scrutiny.”

He projected that Yeshiva would likely prevail if its case went before us after the university exhausts all of its state-level appeals.